Posted by: bluesyemre | April 1, 2017

What role on privacy should #librarians have


What is, or what should be the role of libraries and librarians with regard to privacy? Apart from ensuring that they protect any personally identifiable information relating to their users, should they do more over and above that:

  • Should they offer training on how users can protect their privacy (such as using browser addons and other tools; making full use of privacy settings within browsers etc)
  • Should they go a step further and offer their users the facility to search the web anonymously (a number of American libraries have set up Tor relays)
  • Should they organise cryptoparties, encouraging people to use encrypted services
  • Should they lobby government for laws that are more respectful of user privacy
  • Should they work together to encourage vendors to incorporate measures that respect user privacy

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